When we think of vodka, we often picture it being sipped in a cocktail lounge or served at a lavish party. However, vodka has a rich history in the marine world, particularly on yachts and boats.
Even though rum and gin make their way into more sea shanties, vodka has long been the drink of choice for sailors around the world. Its neutral taste, high alcohol content, and ability to be stored at room temperature make it an ideal beverage for seafaring adventures.
In the classic book “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville, vodka is mentioned as one of the many alcoholic beverages consumed by sailors, and in fact, vodka was historically used as a currency for trading and bartering in many maritime cultures, further cementing its status as a staple on board ships and boats.
Vodka has played a crucial role in many maritime traditions. For instance, the Scandinavian countries have a tradition of pouring vodka into the sea as a tribute to the sea gods, an act that is believed to bring good luck to sailors.
This is also done when crossing the equator – a significant milestone for sailors. Vodka is said to be a sacrificial offering to the sea to seek safe passage.
For the same reason, many fishermen drink a shot of vodka together before heading out to sea. A sip in solidarity and respect to the sea.
So the next time you’re on board a yacht or boat, raise a glass of vodka – Yacht Life Vodka of course – and toast to the history of this iconic spirit of the sea! Cheers!